Keep Safe with Safe Places
As people start to venture out and life begins to return to ‘normal’, some may feel overwhelmed and will need confidence to find their way. The Safe Places scheme, which is being rolled out across Mid Sussex, can help.
Mid Sussex is now part of the Safe Places National Network
What is a safe place?
A safe place helps people if they feel scared or at risk while they are out and about in the community and need support right away. Staff at the designated safe place will stay with that person and make them feel safe.
The scheme, successfully piloted in 2019 by East Grinstead Town Council, currently has a number of safe places in all three towns.
Each safe place is designated by a window sticker and those with a smart phone can also download the free Safe Place app which will provide information on locally registered safe places. On the app you can find your nearest safe place and contact 101 should you need immediate help.
Using Safe Places
If you would like to use the scheme you can access a ‘safe places card’ which can be found initially at East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill town councils; the three town libraries, our Age UK venues and Oaklands. Your card will contain your personal information plus a contact should you need to seek assistance.
Please note: Anyone can you use the safe places scheme. You do not need to have a card to use the service.
Safe places can be found on the website www.safeplaces.org.uk or via the free app which 02 stores are happy to help with setting up on your phone.
The Streetsafe Online Tool
Have you seen the new Streetsafe tool? It’s an online tool where you can tell Sussex Police anonymously about locations in your neighbourhood that make you feel or have made you feel unsafe. This could be due to environmental issues such as street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism or because of behaviours you’ve experienced that could include being followed or verbally abused.
Streetsafe Online Tool: https://www.sussex.police.uk/notices/street-safe/street-safe/